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Tourism and festivals

An island on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Montreal is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of nearly two million inhabitants. Founded in 1642, the city is a leading commercial, pharmaceutical and aeronautical centre, and features world-class restaurants, boutiques, parks, festivals and museums, all set on the backdrop of a multicultural metropolis where Old World cultures meld with modern, international flair.

Tourist Centres

If you're looking to see the sights, you may want to call Tourisme Montréal (514-873-2015) for help building an itinerary. For drop-in service, pop into the main tourist centre at 1255 Peel Street, just a five-minute stroll from campus.

You can also consult the following websites for up-to-date information about what’s going on in the city:

City of Montreal
Tourism Montreal
Montreal Plus

Festivals & Events (Winter)

Winter is full of activities in Montreal. From the Fête des Neiges for the whole family to Montréal en Lumière and the IglooFest, there is something for everyone, both inside and outside. Check out the local media and Montréal's tourism website for more information.